I've made several attempts to put an entry here for some time, and well, nothing made the cut. So this is my latest go.
The other day I remembered an opinion article I read in a local paper years ago. Bob Greene was the author if I remember correctly. It was about the death of the last of his grandparents and how suddenly he was without any grandparents. How after we reach a certain age, it is just assumed that a person's grandparents are dead, and he went on with memories of his grandparents.After all these years and I still remember that article.
While I have Mom, as of 3 weeks ago I am now without the people directly responsible for my birth as Dad has just passed away and Mama died over 39 years ago, shortly after I was born.
I had the thought that, as Mr. Greene said about his grandparents, it applies to parents too. The vast majority of people outlive their parents and after a certain age it comes to be assumed one's parents have passed away.
Ah, I don't know where I'm going with this, and I've got relatives to meet and deal with today that I'm not looking forward to doing. So I'll end this here.
update: I played 2 online sit and go poker tournaments while writing this as I hinted at in the very start of this entry. The first one I came in dead last (10th out of 10 -- ace high flush lost to a full house caught on the river) the second one dead first (1st out of 10). I think I'll quit playing for now with those bookends of the two extremes and a bit ahead money wise.